Manage episode 328615841 series 2583350
Teddy Atlas was born to a well-respected doctor in a wealthy part of Staten Island. Most kids like him end up going to an Ivy League school to become some sort of white collar professional. Teddy? Teddy dropped out of high school, went to jail, and ended up becoming a trainer to 18 world champion boxers, including heavyweight champion Michael Moore, who defeated Evander Holyfield for the title in 1994.
Today on the show I talk to Teddy about how and why he took the path he did in life. Teddy explains how he ended up boxing under legendary trainer Cus D'Amato, and how Cus guided Teddy towards becoming a trainer himself. Teddy then shares stories of training kids in the Catskills, taking them to unsanctioned amateur fights in the Bronx, and the lessons he learned from boxing and his father about personal responsibility, managing fear, overcoming resistance, and what it means to be a man.
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- Teddy's book, Atlas
- On Taking a Punch
- Cus D'Amato
- Kevin Rooney
- The 14 Best Boxing Movies
- A Manly History of the Sweet Science
- Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection In a Crooked World
- A Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
- AoM's Boxing for Beginners series
- AoM's Boxing Basics
- The Power of Mentoring
- The Rise and Fall of the American Heavyweight Boxer